Sports  January 29, 2015
Maracana may slam doors shut on 'little' people
RioRio's famed Maracana stadium, which staged the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals and will host the opening and closing of the 2016 Olympics, may shut its doors to "little" matches.The management of the 78,000-capacity ground believe it makes economic sense to only concentrate on arena-filling teams and events.However, the consortium stressed Thursday ...  Full Story
10,000 runners, 250 towns for Rio Olympic torch
The torch relay for the 2016 Rio Olympics will visit 250 towns and be carried by 10,000 runners before it arrives for the opening ceremony at the Maracana on August 5, organisers sayThe torch relay for the 2016 Rio Olympics will visit 250 towns and be carried by 10,000 runners before it arrives for the opening ceremony at the Maracana on August 5, organisers said Thursday.The flame will arrive in the country 100 days before the beginning of the Games although organisers were unable to say from where the relay would start.It wi...  Full Story
Collins rolls back years for Duesseldorf 60m win
Kim Collins competes at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Daegu on September 2, 2011Veteran Kim Collins continued to roll back the years to claim victory in the 60 metres at the Duesseldorf indoor meet on Thursday.The St Kitts and Nevis sprinter, 38, ran a season's leading best time of 6.52 seconds despite having only the seventh best reaction out of the blocks of the eight competitors.The 2003 world outdoor 100m champion, also tw...  Full Story
Russian teens dominate Euros
Elena Radionova of Russia performs on ice during the ladies short program of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships on January 29, 2015 in Stockholm, SwedenRussian trio, Elena Radionova, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Anna Pogorilaya, all aged between 16 and 18, dominated the women's short programme at the European figure skating championships on Thursday.The three opened up a commanding lead over fourth-placed Kiira Korpi of Finland with the 26-year-old already six points behind the leading group.Radiono...  Full Story
Stade's Steyn holds out hope for World Cup spot
Stade Francais ParisParis has had its fair share of South African rugby exiles, plying their trade with capital and Top 14 rivals Stade Francais and Racing-Metro.When Morne Steyn touched down in the French city of lights in the summer of 2013, he was heralded as Stade's star recruit having amassed 688 points in 59 Tests for the Springboks (only 18 of which were losses...  Full Story
Ex-Olympic champion Ammann back in training
Simon Ammann of Switzerland falls during the final event of the Four Hills tournament of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Bischofshofen on January 6, 2015Four-time Olympic ski jumping champion Simon Ammann returned to training on Thursday, just two weeks after suffering a serious head injury in a fall at the prestigious Four Hills."I feel fine physically," said the 33-year-old Swiss."As far as my return is concerned, we have targeted the world championships which start (in Sweden) on February 18, bu...  Full Story
Super Bowl QBs Wilson, Brady a study in contrasts
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots throws the ball during practice on January 28, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in TempeQuarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady make the Super Bowl 49 clash between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots a duel of contrasting styles.New England's Brady, of course, is already guaranteed his spot in the Hall of Fame. A three-time Super Bowl winner, the 37-year-old Brady will be the first quarterback to start six Super Bowls.Pla...  Full Story
Italian rider Pelucchi wins on opening day in Mallorca
Matteo Pelucchi waves on the podium after winning the first stage of the Mallorca Challenge from Santanyi to Campos on January 29, 2015Italy's Matteo Pelucchi won the Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salinas-Campos on the first day of the four-race Playa de Palma Challenge on Thursday.The IAM Cycling rider edged out compatriot Elia Viviani and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas in a sprint finish to the line of the 175.5-kilometre ride from Santanyi to Campos.France's highly-fancied Nacer Bouhanni was...  Full Story